Baum and her work with green healthcare design featured in industry publication
On the surface, it would seem that keeping built healthcare facilities as environmentally friendly and healthy as possible would be a no-brainer; after all, if the first rule of medicine is to first, do no harm, the building itself should be free from harmful materials, and as “green” and sustainable as possible. Doesn’t it make sense that a building you visit to get healthy would itself be healthy?
In reality, of course, financial and other concerns mean that this isn’t always the case. While there has been growing awareness of environmental issues in healthcare design over the last decade-plus, there is still work to be done, and that’s where Mara Baum, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, comes in.